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Ex-IEBC chiefs say Chebukati used audit to fix Chiloba



Ezra Chiloba. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Ezra Chiloba. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Two former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have accused chairman Wafula Chebukati of commissioning an internal audit with the sole purpose of fixing sacked chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwachanya at the same time accused Mr Chebukati of dragging the entire commissioners into participating in procurement of goods and services contrary to the procurement law.

They said Mr Chebukati single handedly ordered an internal audit report on procurement made by the commissions Information Communication technology (ICT) department instead of one that covers all other eight departments shortly after the 2017 General Election.

“The audit was commissioned after plenary meeting which we opposed. We refused the minutes of that meeting and were not recorded,” Mr Kurgat told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last evening.

He said the three commissioners, vice chairperson Konie Maina, himself and Ms Mwachanya were opposed to the internal audit which was commissioned at the time when Auditor General Edward Ouko was in the IEBC building conducting an audit of the books of accounts. Mr Kurgat and Ms Mwachanya who testified separately said they resigned as a matter of principal having differed with Mr Chebukati’s leadership style.

The commissioners said they protested against direct procurement of the Sh6 billion Kenya Integrated Elections Management (Kiems) kits that were awarded to French firm Safran Morpho.

“I felt that if a comprehensive audit was done, it would have been better instead of a selective ICT audit. I resigned because the chairman dictated to commissioners the way minutes will be and that Mr Chiloba must go, Mr Kurgat told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

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